Awakening my heart to the BODHICHITTA! "Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude.” Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open.” Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. Even the cruelest people have this soft spot. Even the most vicious animals love their offspring. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche put it, “Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.” Bodhichitta is also equated, in part, with compassion—our ability to feel the pain that we share with others. Without realizing it we continually shield ourselves from this pain because it scares us. We put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy and envy, arrogance and pride. But fortunately for us, the soft spot—our innate ability to love and to care about things—is like a crack in these walls we erect. It’s a natural opening in the barriers we create when we’re afraid. With practice we can learn to find this opening. We can learn to seize that vulnerable moment—love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, inadequacy—to awaken bodhichitta." -Pema Chodron
May 25th, 2017
Happy New Moon in Gemini! Here's some Astro Insight if you're up for a read! This NEW MOON in Gemini (one of my fav signs! Honestly, they're all my fav!) is driven by its curious mind! They don't waste their time mulling over judgments about themselves or of others. Gemini saw a white rabbit with a pocket watch and it's going to see what the heck that's all about!!! Yes, the mind and the ego are going to shoot off a brigade of why's, what's, I need to understand, but what abouts, and whatever else. But WHAT IF we could LEAN INTO the whirlwind without the fear of one or more particular thoughts swooping us up and away like the tornado to OZ?This OZ is all the illusions and fears we keep telling ourselves to keep us right where we are. Our potential and purpose just an arms reach away. Is the thought of putting ourselves out there and battling the tornado (our mind) to scary to challenge? Notice all the SWORD cards being pulled in readings lately?!! The NEW MOON IN GEMINI hopes to direct your attention to the OPEN MINDEDNESS Gemini can bring, you can bring. It takes courage. And fortunate for us her majesty La Luna is full of courage. That she gifts up and out constantly. Courage to let the thoughts run through without needing to judge or analyze. Remember knowledge is second-hand information, while wisdom is a direct experience. Truth is not cheap. You cannot lease truth. You cannot inherit truth from another. It is not a hand-me-down. Truth can only be discovered within one’s Self, and such a discovery comes at a great cost. We pay for our true Life with our all of our false assumptions about ourselves and the world we live, and that can hurt. GEMINI is illuminating your expansive open mind!!! YOU GOT THIS! I love you. And as always BLESSINGS!